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Striving to be effective funders who listen, learn, evaluate and develop.

Funding Principles

Our funding principles have been developed in line with the overall guiding principles and objectives of the Foundation with the intention of empowering community and creating an environment where every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Aboriginal led Organisations

CAGES Foundation will intentionally seek to fund DGR 1 organisations with high levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, influence, identity and leadership. The foundation’s principle around self-determination is best enacted through supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisations however we also recognise the need to build skills and capabilities in these organisations and the communities they exist in. An effective way to do this is to support respectful partnerships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations where two-way learning and capacity building at an organisational and community level is intentional.

Demonstrate a dedication to building on community assets

It is intended that all funding provided by CAGES Foundation will leave behind a greater and innate ability for Aboriginal individuals, organisations and communities to achieve improved life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children beyond the life of the funding.  All funding will be directed to organisations that recognise the strong cultural, creative and innate assets of our First Nations peoples.

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We are committed to being effective funders and continuing to evolve and learn from those we work with.

Our Funding Streams

CAGES Foundation gave just over $1.6M in its 2018 with over $1.3M of funds distributed to organisations working to improve the opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. 47% of our funding was granted to Aboriginal controlled organisations with another 46% of funds being dispersed to non-indigenous organisations working in close partnerships with Aboriginal controlled organisations and community. We have three grant portfolios; our primary funding stream, focused on organisations working to improve the outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the early years (pre-natal to five years), our community grants stream, focused on supporting the discreet needs of Aboriginal controlled organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their children and our social impact investing stream, focused on supporting sustainable communities.

We are always interested in learning more about organisations working in our focus area, if you believe you would be a good fit for CAGES Foundation funding please get in touch on info@cagesfoundation.org. We aim to respond to all enquires within 2 weeks, but as we are a small team this may sometimes be longer.

Primary Funding Grants

Our primary funding stream grants are typically larger grants with a multi-year focus (mostly no less than a three year commitment) we have a preference for working in partnership with organisations and our grant partnerships are built on relationships and trust.  We try to foster open dialogue and appreciate any feedback from our partners.  Due to the nature of these grants we usually have up to 70% of our grant monies already committed to current partners and only expect to make an additional 1-2 grants available in 2019.  The process for our primary funding stream is an open enquiry round from which short-listed organisations will be invited to make a formal grant application.  Funds for this round are distributed in June.

Criteria 

  • Gifts from the primary funding stream are for large and/or long-term work involving skills transfer, infrastructure, systemic change or program development.
  • Activities will be focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the first five years of life.
  • We will be primarily focusing on organisations working in NSW or based on the east coast who have a national reach.
  • There is a strong preference for Aboriginal controlled organisations or organisations that can demonstrate a close partnership with community and strong Aboriginal leadership.
  • Any activity must be community endorsed.
  • All organisations must have DGR1 tax status.

We accept enquiries for our primary funding stream all year round and we encourage you to start a conversation with us at anytime. As such, please fill in this form and we will try respond to your request within two weeks. However, we would like to advise that any submissions received now will not be considered for funding this year. The next available funding from CAGES Foundation for the primary funding stream will be in June 2020.

 

Community Grants

Our community grants are only made available to Aboriginal controlled organisations, they have been designed to respond to discreet needs and are usually for one year only.  Past community grants have been used to support operational needs (including professional development), evaluation work, strategic development initiatives, cultural milestones, equipment and resource needs.  Grants of up to $50,000 are considered and they are distributed on a rolling basis to better respond to critical need.

Criteria 

  • Gifts from the community grants stream are for Aboriginal controlled organisations responding to an immediate need.
  • Activities will be focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the first five years of life.
  • Any activity must be community endorsed.
  • All organisations must have DGR1 tax status.

To submit an application for our community grants round please fill in this form.  We will respond to all enquiries within a two-week period, and will aim to make funds available for successful applicants within a 3 month time frame.

Social Impact Investing Grants

Our social impact investing grants are designed to explore and develop sustainable economic solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  These grants can have a broad application, from developing internal investment products within Aboriginal controlled non-government organisations or assisting in the development and structuring of profitable enterprises for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.  These grants are designed to build on the cultural and creative capital that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and to help realise the economic opportunities of these communities.  Grants are made on a rolling basis and are open for enquiry all year. These grants are separate to any financial impact investment that the investment committee of CAGES Foundation may make from the foundations corpus.

Criteria 

  • Any activity must be community endorsed.
  • All organisations must have DGR1 tax status.

To make an enquiry about our social impact investing grants round please get in touch on info@cagesfoundation.org and put “social impact investing grant enquiry” in your subject header.  We will respond to all enquiries within a two-week period, and will aim to make funds available for successful applicants within a 6-8 week time frame.

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Tel: (02) 9051 2411

Address: 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills. 2010